Mars-Saturn cosy up in evening sky
It was a perfect celestial show by two planets for astronomy lovers as Mars and Saturn cosied up in the evening sky dome, forming a planetary conjunction today.delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2010 20:19 IST
It was a perfect celestial show by two planets for astronomy lovers as Mars and Saturn cosied up in the evening sky dome, forming a planetary conjunction on Sunday.
Conjunction is a term used in positional astronomy, meaning that as seen from the Earth, two celestial bodies appear near one another in the sky, Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), Director, Chander Bhushan Devgun told PTI.
The two planets were 1.9 degrees apart, he said adding that this Mars–Saturn conjunction is the 6th in this century.
There is another celestial treat in store for sky gazers on August 6 when Mars, Saturn and Venus will form a triangle with Saturn at the apex.
On August 13, the Moon will join these three planets and make an interesting combination, a sight astronomy gazers await.
First Published: Aug 01, 2010 20:17 IST